UNsolving Quadratic Equations & Inequalities
- Judah L Schwartz
The solution of a quadratic equation is a pair of number - let's call them a and b [assume a smaller than or equal to b]. The solution of a quadratic inequality is EITHER all the numbers between a and b, OR all the numbers less than a AND all the numbers greater than b. We use the word solve to describe finding a solution set given an equation. We use the word UNsolve to describe find an equation that has a given solution set. To UNsolve a quadratic equation or inequality, drag the GOLD dots in this left panel to fix the solution set. The right hand panel will show you a quadratic equation or inequality that has that solution set. You can drag the WHITE dots in the right hand panel to see other quadratic equations or inequalities that have the same solution set. The GREEN dot and the BLUE dot each control one function - the WHITE dots control both functions. Why is it permissible to change only one function in an equation or inequality that is a comparison of two functions? For a given solution set, how many equations or inequalities are there that have that solution set? How do you know? Can you prove it?